HIMSS asks Congress to act on security, telehealth
New laws to improve cybersecurity in the healthcare industry
and to remove barriers that impede the expanded use of telehealth technology
are among the legislative acts being sought by the Healthcare Information
Management and Systems Society, which publicized its “wish list” during
National Health IT Week.
In the face of massive amounts of patient information being
stolen by hackers, and with providers facing financial, reputational and
patient safety ramifications, HIMSS is offering a series of cybersecurity
policy recommendations to members of Congress.
The nation’s leading healthcare IT professional association
is asking the Department of Health and Human Services to appoint a security
champion. The agency does have Christopher Wlaschin as its chief information
security officer, but HIMSS believe a champion more power is needed.
HIMSS recommends that Congress enact legislation to raise
the HHS CISO position to be a peer of the agency’s CIO, with the CISO having
responsibilities to establish goals and priorities for cybersecurity.
These goals could include plans for effective response to
threats, educating providers, vendors, insurers and other stakeholders on
holistic security measures; working with organizations in other industries; and
increasing the number of cybersecurity personnel in the healthcare industry.
The organization also calls on lawmakers to enact the
CONNECT for Health Act of 2017 to remove Medicare restrictions that prevent
reimbursing most providers for telehealth services and remote monitoring of
patients using telehealth technology.
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